Anti-bullying hero, 11, scoops award for latest campaign at swanky London ceremony

PUBLISHED: 17:23 20 November 2018 | UPDATED: 17:23 20 November 2018

Nicholas Nikiforou with Ashley Banjo of Diversity and Dame Mary Perkins of Specsavers. Picture: British Citizen Youth Award

Nicholas Nikiforou with Ashley Banjo of Diversity and Dame Mary Perkins of Specsavers. Picture: British Citizen Youth Award

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A Weston boy, who has been long been hailed as an inspiration to children suffering from bullying, has added another prestigious prize to his collection.

The efforts of Nicholas Nikiforou have been recognised with a British Citizen Youth Award.

The 11-year-old anti-bullying campaigner has made a name for himself for his campaign work which promotes kindness and compassion after receiving taunting and teasing.

Nicholas was born with a collection of moles called pre-cancerous large congenital melanocytstic nevus.

They covered two-thirds of his face and left substantial scarring when they were removed by doctors, prompting bullying when he started school.

But rather than letting his tormentors get the better of him, Nicholas showed his mettle and launched a campaign against bullying, which caught the eyes of the royal family in 2017, winning the Diana Legacy Award.

He has not rested on his laurels since, and earned acclaim for his Be Kind, Show Love project, which saw him print thousands of creative cards with anti-bullying messages and handing them out in public wherever he went.

The supportive cards have spread across the globe, and they led to more and more schools inviting him in to speak to youngsters so he could inspire them to be more kind and tolerant.

Nicholas received his latest medal at a swanky ceremony at the Palace of Westminster in October.

He got to rub shoulders with top politicians and celebrities – including Britain’s Got Talent star Ashley Banjo.

Nicholas’ sister, Christina, said she has a ‘truly lovely little brother’ and praised him for the success of his anti-bullying campaign.

She added: “He is completely amazing and I am so proud of everything he has achieved.

“Despite all the attention he is very humble and enjoys art and LEGO like any young boy of his age but above all he just wants to help everyone and put a smile on their face.

“Despite having some really dark moments in his life he believes everything happens for a reason and his experiences have given him the ability to help others, and so far he is doing an amazing job.”

Nicholas was among 23 children who earned the accolade, which recognises the positive impact youngsters have on their communities.

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